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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Continuing Education Course

SEM: 43

User Experience Design (online)

“I’m a Mac…” “I’m a PC…” Apple’s advertising campaign has become a classic example of the difference between Apple and Microsoft. In these advertisements, Apple appeared young, cool, and hip, while Microsoft appeared un-hip, overweight, and difficult to interact with. These ads were humorous, but at the core of this depiction was Apple’s focus on the user’s experience. At the time, PCs were less than attractive and almost required a computer science degree to use. On the other hand, “Macs” came in appealing colors and were “easy to use” right out of the box. User experience design, now known as UED, is the control over the flow of interaction between the user and an application. UED exists at the crossroads of graphic design, product design, information design, and product development. In this course, students explore theories in usability, information architecture, and information organization. The goal is for students to learn how to apply these principles to create friendly, elegant designs that take complex processes and organize them into interfaces that users can immediately understand. Please note: Course takes place completely online in an asynchronous environment. Material will be uploaded weekly on Tuesday evenings, 7:00pm (Pacific Time). Login information will be forwarded following student registration. Enrollment deadline: Monday, 5/26/14.

Prerequisites: None

Prerequisite: None

First class materials: External USB Drive

There are no sections for this course for this semester.
Course Details
Course Code: XDMA9125
Meetings: 10
Credit Hours: 1
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